M-O-T-A spells relief for Giants

PHOENIX — Someone, it seemed, always picked up the slack and provided what was needed for the San Francisco Giants during their World Series run last year. The same thing is happening now. Barry Zito went down in the second inning with a sprained right foot Saturday night but Guillermo Mota came on for 4 […]

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Sports briefs: DHS boys hold off Dragons

When sophomore defender Rudy Buhlman emerged from a pack, ran 50 yards through the Bishop O’Dowd defense and scored his first goal of the season, it gave Davis High its largest lead of the game. Later, a goal from freshman Kian Reno gave the Blue Devils just enough to finish off the Dragons, 7-6, on […]

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UCD roundup: Seniors shine at Woody Wilson Classic

Ugo Eke was a part of three wins to help lead the UC Davis women, while Alex Wilright contributed to two on the men’s side, as the Aggie track and field teams combined for 13 first-place finishes during Saturday’s Woody Wilson Classic. Altogether, the women picked up nine victories while the men had four. Eke, […]

Kings’ impending move is like losing my first crush

As what is likely to be the Kings’ final season in Sacramento came to a close last week, I did a lot of thinking about how much I took for granted. Even when they had only one good player — like Mike Bibby, Kevin Martin or Tyreke Evans — I figured they would always be […]

DHS proves it’s on track at Woody Wilson

Woody Wilson Invitational? Check. The Davis High track and field teams have eyes on Sac-Joaquin Section boys and girls titles this spring, so certain meets with high levels of competition that are sprinkled throughout the season serve as checkpoints. Friday’s Woody Wilson meet, which just happened to be hosted by the Blue Devils in their […]

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Aggies can’t slow Roadrunners

For the second consecutive day, the UC Davis baseball team took an early two-run lead over Cal State Bakersfield. Both times, however, the Roadrunners came from behind to top the Aggies, including a 6-2 victory on Saturday at Dobbins Stadium. A day after it scored four runs in the sixth inning to take over the […]

Popular Davis athlete dies of injuries

Scott Heinig, 22, died Sunday afternoon from injuries suffered in a fall at a post-Picnic Day party, according to family members. The Davis High School and UC Davis graduate hit his head Saturday evening after apparently stumbling or falling during friendly horseplay at a gathering of eight to 10 people at the home of friends […]

Aggie Band-Uh brings funk and noise but also barbecue

The Cal Aggie Marching Band-Uh! came armed to Picnic Day’s Battle of the Bands with more than just horns, drums and sousaphones. No, the UC Davis marching band has quite a bit more in their arsenal for the hours-long battle against California universities including UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Stanford and Humboldt State. The bands are […]

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A’s get shut down by an unlikely pitcher

OAKLAND — Phil Coke spent one offseason working as a chimney sweep in the town of Sonora, nestled in the foothills of Northern California. Now Coke is mopping up hitters exactly as the Detroit Tigers envisioned he would when they reserved a spot for the left-hander in their starting rotation. Coke and two relievers combined […]

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Top-seeded Sharks need OT in Game 1

SAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski once again stepped up for the San Jose Sharks in a big moment in the postseason. Pavelski scored 14:44 into overtime for the final momentum swing in a roller-coaster type of game that saw each team dominate for long stretches before the Sharks came out on top with a 3-2 […]

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Cats get an 11th-hour win over Vegas

WEST SACRAMENTO — In a game that saw Sacramento get just three hits to Las Vegas’ 10, it was fitting that the River Cats scored the winning run in the 11th on a sacrifice fly. Anthony Recker’s RBI flyout brought home Steve Tolleson, giving the Cats a 2-1 win on Thursday at Raley Field to […]

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DHS softball squad rolls over Franklin

Last season, the Davis High and Franklin softball teams were so closely matched that a coin flip was needed to determine that the Wildcats would go to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Things are a little different in 2011, as the Blue Devils showed on Thursday with a 12-0 road victory. “They’re not as strong this […]

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Dossa is dominant but Devils take second

Sometimes it’s hard to have perspective in the heat of the moment. When the Davis High boys golf team got off the course at Wildhawk in Elk Grove on Thursday, the players were disappointed with their second-place finish. Paced by a great 73 from sophomore Chase Dossa, the Blue Devils scored a combined 398 to […]

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Sports briefs: Gilbertson gets four of a kind against Cards

When the Davis High girls soccer team is comfortably ahead, veteran coach Allen Carlson will often take a player who has scored three goals out of the game to let other players have a chance. But on Thursday during an 8-0 win at Laguna Creek, either Carlson was enjoying Anna Maria Gilbertson’s play too much […]

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